The latest from the track, wrestling, and table tennis: for some a close to the season and for others, a spot in the playoffs

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With one team’s season ending and another team’s playoffs position clinched, it’s been an eventful week for PSAL sports at Townsend Harris.

The Girls Varsity Table Tennis team had a match against Cardozo High School, winning with a score of 3-2 and earning a spot in the playoffs in the process. Sophomore team member Rubi Kim gave credit to Coach Kevin Lau, saying “this year was [his] first year coaching us, but he managed to train us well and our team made it to playoffs for the first time since 2016.” In regards to the team overall, she said “We’ve been doing well. We have a lot of fun during practice as well as training. We put in a lot of time and effort into this team and our bond means a lot to us.”

The Varsity Wrestling team had their final match this Wednesday, and finished the season fifth in their division with a record of three wins and four losses.

First-time member and sophomore Aradhna Da Silva, reflecting on her experience this season, said, “Wrestling is a very fun sport. It is also very hard, but I am glad I joined this season because I learned so much and it is such a great sport to play if you want to stay very active.” She won her match by forfeit, contributing to the team’s overall score.

The team held a bake sale this Thursday to raise money for an upcoming tournament they plan to attend.

The Boys Track team participated in the MLK relay on Monday 1/16. Sophomore Xavier Murphy ran two races and said the team did well but is working to improve. “We’re working more in practice and everyone is coming more consistently so we can become better runners and perform better at meets,” he said. Queens Championships are on February fifth and City Champs are in early March.

The team hosted a bake sale last Wednesday to raise money for new uniforms for next year. Sophomore Jayson Persaud, who helped with the sale, said “we got a lot of money for a good cause. I had a lot of fun helping out.”

The most recent Girls Track meet was the MLK meet. There was also the sprint medley about a week before that. Junior Danica Torres participated in the sprint medley and ran 200m in 33.2 seconds.

She said, “I was pretty unfamiliar with doing 600s and found that I don’t quite like them. Most of my team got two minutes and 21 seconds in the 600m.” One honorable mention is Chloe Kavanaugh, who did 2 minutes 17 seconds in the 600. Another honorable mention is Olivia Baik who ran 1500 meters. Janna also did very well, achieving a personal record in the 600 meter.

“The team has been doing pretty well lately, and we’ve been opening up to other field events given that not many people seem to be participating,” Danica said. “In practice, we’ve done jumping and race walking with some people who have minimal experience. It’s been pretty fun.” City champs are on February 5 and the team is anxiously awaiting the day. “We’re all holding our breaths for that one,” Danica said.

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